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Police warn Darley Abbey and Allestree residents to lock and secure vehicles at night

Posted on 26th January 2016
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Officers from Darley Safer Neighbourhood Team have issued a warning  to vehicle owners to take extra care of their vehicles and property after a number of vehicle offences in the area over the last week. 

Since between Tuesday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 26 there have been ten vehicles broken in to in an area that appears to be centred around the A6 travelling through the two villages. 

Sergeant Mark Preston from the team said: ”We have picked up on this pattern of offences and as such have been directing more patrols to the area at the relevant times. They seem to be happening overnight where vehicles have either been left unlocked or with valuables on show. The  A6 through the villages seems to be the centre of the issue with vehicles being targeted at addresses near to this main road. 

“We will be visiting the area this week to offer advice to residents so that they are aware of the issue who can then hopefully help us to help them by making their vehicles more secure and removing any valuables when they are parked up.” 

The team, which covers the Darley Abbey and Allestree area of the city, has issued the following advice to help keep vehicles safe: 

  • Keep doors locked and do not leave windows open.
  • Do not leave any valuables on display.
  • Remove sat navs from display and wipe the mark from the window where it has been secured.
  • MP3s iPads, iPhones and other electronic valuables - take them with you.
  • If you intend to leave items in the vehicle place them in the boot and not in the glove box or under the seat.
  • Put away any charging cables from the cigarette lighter and put the lighter back in its place.
  • Remove stereo facia if possible.
  • Leave the glove box open and sun visors down to show there is nothing hidden.
  • Don’t leave any bags or clothing or loose change on display. 

For more information contact the team on the police non-emergency number 101, follow the team on Twitter or visit

Attached above is a leaflet with advice for vehicle owners


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